Considerations of having a parrot as a pet
There are several factors to consider before purchasing / adopting a parrot.
A key factor to remember that parrots, unlike cats and dogs and other commonly kept pets, is that they come with their fair share of requirements and sometimes include visits to the avian vet.
Which brings up the point in the evaluation of the previous owners, what is the general health of the birds?
Unfortunately, there are owners who will intentionally or unintentionally sell you a bird that is sick, and furthermore, if you have other companion parrots in the house, you can make them sick.
That is why it is important that if you are around other birds that you make sure to clean and disinfect your hands before handling any of your other birds.
Breeders, zoos, etc. It will require, for the most part, that this be done prior to handling or coming into contact with your birds / investments for some.
It would be a great idea to quarantine the rest of your flock as noted in a bird channel article “Unfortunately, many poultry farmers consider quarantine a mandatory procedure only for larger breeders or for those who import or export birds. quarantine a nuisance, and others shorten the procedure to speed things up. However, quarantine restrictions exist to protect both the bird owner and their pets. Quarantine can literally mean the difference between life and death for his flock. “
When choosing a supplier for your bird, for adoption or purchase (these two can be misunderstood) but with the help of Wikipedia they can be easily explained.
According to this article definition:
A. Adoption: It is the process of taking guardianship and responsibility for a parrot that a previous owner has abandoned or turned over to a shelter or rescue organization. Common sources of adoptable pets are animal shelters and rescue groups.
B. Purchases: This would be from local breeders, from local amateur breeders to large breeding farms.
The best advice, as always, regarding your parrot’s health is to seek the advice of an avian veterinarian.
When it comes to the time and quantity required for a parrot, it depends on the species and how many you have in your flock.
With the 4 companion birds that I have and by species, here are the time requirements that we have experienced.
Congo African Gray – Requires more company time by comparison than everyone else put together. This, of course, could also be the spoilage effect. The African gray is always active and always wants to be the main focus of my attention. He’s a “hold me baby” and could, and often does, perch on my shoulder all day.
Lilac Crown Amazon: He likes to spend quality time with my wife mostly, but only for a couple of hours a day combined. He usually spends the day napping and of course eating. Occasionally swinging on his swing and playing on top of his cage.
Pineapple & Fancy Green Cheek Conure – These two are characters who often prefer to play and sit on top of the cage. They like to be held, but not as much as the African gray or the Amazon. They are perfectly happy sitting in the cage snuggling and grooming each other.
The above are examples of species differences and the daily time requirements to have the most important relationship with your companion parrot.